The date of February 9 for cricket became memorable when the cricketer who had retired years ago once again landed on the field. These cricketers like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting Adam Gilchrist, Yuvraj Singh were face to face for the Bushfire Bash. In this match played in Melbourne, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting showed that they still have the same life in their bats. Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds also looked older. However, Yuvraj Singh could not show the magic of his bat.
A charity match was played in Melbourne on Sunday between the legendary cricketers from around the world, which was named Bushfire Cricket Bash. In this match, there was a fight between Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI. Ponting XI batting first in this match. He scored 104 runs for 5 wickets in the scheduled game of 10 overs.
A Brian Lara cover drive!— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 9, 2020
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Brian Lara scored the most 30 runs for Ponting XI. He scored 3 fours and 2 sixes in his 11-ball innings. He returned to the pavilion (retired out) after the ninth over. Captain Ricky Ponting scored 26 off 14 balls and Matthew Hayden scored 16 off 14 balls. Luke Hodge scored 11 off 4 balls and Justin Langer scored 6 runs in 4 balls. For Gilchrist XI, Yuvraj Singh, Courtney Walsh and Andrew Symonds took one wicket each.
Balls bowled in 113-match international career: 6⃣— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 9, 2020
Justin Langer comes on to bowl at the #BigAppeal, calls for a helmet for the keeper, gets Nathan Lyon to umpire
First ball: pic.twitter.com/TgidZp7JYd
In reply to Ponting’s XI, Shane Watson and Andrew Symonds showed a stormy game from Gilchrist XI for the innings. Watson hit 30 off 9 balls, which included 2 fours and 3 sixes. Symonds scored 29 runs in 13 balls with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes. Adam Gilchrist hit 17 off 11 balls. When Symonds was in the crease, it seemed that Gilchrist XI could have won the match. At that time Gilli’s team was to score 21 runs in 12 balls. But Symonds retired to give batting opportunities to other players.
Four runs scored in the ninth over. After this, Gilchrist XI needed 17 runs to win in the 10th i.e. the last over. Daniel Christian scored 7 runs off the first five balls of this over. Now the last ball required 10 runs. Christian’s sixth ball was a no-ball, on which Revolt also hit a four. Now five runs were needed to win on the last ball. The revolt was able to score three runs on this ball and his team lost the match by one run.
Wasim Akram gets Rugby League legend Cameron Smith bowing with shades on, but first-ball wickets don’t count… Smith bats onpic.twitter.com/oxASbEIMod— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 9, 2020
Ricky Ponting’s team included Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Alice Villani, Brian Lara, Phoebe Litchfield, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Wasim Akram, Daniel Christian, Luke Hodge. The coach of this team was Sachin Tendulkar. Adam Gilchrist’s team included Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, Yuvraj Singh, Alex Blackwell, Andrew Symonds, Courtney Walsh, Nick Riewoldt, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed, Cameron Smith. The coach of this team was made the captain of Australia’s Test team, Tim Paine.
Bushfire Cricket Bash was organized to help those affected by the terrible fire in Australia’s forests. The proceeds of this match will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Rescue Fund. This match was 10–10 overs.
The former greats of the game have come together to help Australia after the Bush fire incident earlier. There are two teams, Ponting XI and Gilchrist XI who will be battling out in a charity match in Melbourne.